Russia has deployed its first regular unit of Terminator combat support tanks. The first regular nine-tank company BMPT-72 was assigned to the 90th Tank Division of the Russian Army Central Military District Guard, stationed in Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk in the Urals region of central Russia.
The Russian BMPT-72 tank, nicknamed the “Terminator”, is a versatile fire support combat vehicle. The tank is heavily armored, equipped with advanced technological capabilities, including heavy weaponry and advanced fire control with a high degree of maneuverability.
The BMPT-72 can reach high speeds and is armed with two automatic cannons, two grenade launchers and four missile launchers, with an anti-tank missile system capable of reaching targets up to nearly 6 kilometers.
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Tanks can engage enemy helicopters and low-flying planes while operating in tandem with air defense systems. It can also take on light armored targets, infantry vehicles, and tanks.
Boyevaya Mashina Podderzhki Tankov-72 or BMPT-72 is built on the chassis of the 20-year-old T-72 main battle tank; the tank at the time failed to attract much attention and to find takers in the military.
The design of the BMPT-72 was conceived based on the combat experiences of the Soviet-Afghan and Chechen wars, where the Soviet army suffered enormous losses at the hands of the Chechen and Afghan guerrillas.
The tanks in the possession of the Soviets at the time were unsuitable for urban combat.
The design of the tanks made them suitable for operations in open terrain, as the guns of the guns did not have the capacity to be high enough to engage anti-tank gunners placed at higher positions.
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This is where the “Terminator” tanks come into play, which play a support role for the armored forces which accompany them with very manoeuvrable cannon guns adapted to combat in an urban environment.
According to a Russian news agency TASS, the commander of the Central Military District, Colonel-General Alexander Lapin, said that:
“I am deeply convinced that this material will successfully accomplish combat tasks in combined arms warfare and in accordance with modern requirements as the most effective weapon both in supporting tanks and responding to a wide range of mountain missions. and in populated localities. “